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Investment Design: Skills for Inclusive Economic Growth (Tonga)

The investment design for Skills for Inclusive Economic Growth (Tonga) is provided for information to the market, prospective tenderers and suppliers.

This program is in the education sector and seeks to address the lack of access to quality based and demand driven skills training which inhibits employment and self-employment opportunities for all working age Tongans and impedes economic growth.

With an investment budget of AUD7.5million over five years from 2016 to 2021, this program is intended to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Tonga through the following outcomes:

  • Participants improve livelihoods;
  • Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) increase their business opportunities and incomes; and
  • A more coordinated, responsive, flexible and inclusive national skill development program is available in Tonga.

Australia has supported technical vocational education, and skills development in Tonga, through bilateral investments since 2010. This program builds on the lessons learnt from two previous investments – the Tonga Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Support Program Phase 1 (TSP1), and the Interim Skill Development Facility (ISDF).


This Investment Design is released with a planned Request for Tender (RFT) in late April 2016, as detailed in the DFAT Annual Procurement Plan (APP) on Austender website ( It is expected that an organization, a joint venture or a consortium of organisations will be required to manage the program to deliver the expected outcomes.

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This information is provided for planning purposes only and it does not represent solicitation or constitute a request for proposal, nor is it a commitment to purchase or tender for the described services. The scale, scope and focus of the proposed investment may change at any time and is subject to formal approval by the Australian Government before a tender process will commence. This potential procurement opportunity is subject to delays, revision or cancellation.

Last Updated: 5 April 2016
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